North Carolina Gov. McCrory officially re-election candidate

Staff Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has officially filed his papers to be on the Republican primary ballot in March.

McCrory campaign manager Russell Peck gave the State Board of Elections the governor's candidacy notice on Friday. The Republican incumbent didn't accompany him.

Democratic candidate Roy Cooper also had an aide file for him earlier this week.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert Brawley filed in person Wednesday. Another Democratic hopeful, Ken Spaulding, plans to do the same Monday.

Another notable candidate filing Friday was Democrat Brownie Futrell for a coastal state Senate district. Futrell was the publisher of the Washington Daily News for 32 years. The newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize during his tenure.

One previously announced candidate for statewide office isn't running after all. Republican Heather Grant announced Friday that she wouldn't be a candidate for insurance commissioner, citing health issues. Grant ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 2014.